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Teen Brain Takes Biggest Sports Hits
Katherine Harmon discusses the effects of head injuries on the teenage brain.
The speaker reflects on their family’s roots in Vilna, a city that a vibrant Jewish community called home before the Second World War.
Teenagers Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems
Tori Rodriguez discusses the impact that not getting enough sleep can have on teenagers’ mental health.
A speaker describes the experience of caring for someone close to her.
Going to School as a Refugee
Facing numerous challenges, refugee students in Dallas schools look to one another for support.
Thank You, M'am
A young boy unsuccessfully tries to steal a woman’s purse.
The Women of Hidden Figures
Jessica McBirney describes the life and accomplishments of three African American women who worked for NASA during the Space Race.
On How My Mother Sleeps
A speaker describes a memory of her mother sleeping.
What is Mars?
For decades, scientists have been researching the environment and history of Mars through spacecraft sent to explore the planet.
5 Surprising Facts About The Refugee Crisis
Jason Beaubien discusses the refugee crisis, which has resulted in millions fleeing their home countries.
The World’s Largest Refugee Camp Looks Like A Slum/Star Wars Mashup
Ari Shapiro interviews Ben Rawlence about the experiences of Somali refugees in Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world.
What is an Orbit?
Orbits help us understand many of the regular and repeated movements of objects in space.
U.S. Attacked; Hijacked Jets Destroy Twin Towers and Hit Pentagon in Day of Terror
N.R. Kleinfield reports on the 9/11 terrorist attacks the day after the events occurred.
Urban and rural food deserts contribute to obesity and unhealthy eating in the United States.
“Jabberwocky” tells the story of a boy who must follow his father’s advice as he encounters a creature called the Jabberwock.
The Power of Advertising
Shelby Ostergaard discusses the advertising industry and the influence that it has over people.
Adolph Hitler’s violent pursuit of power and prejudiced beliefs against Jews have made him an infamous dictator in history.
Who Is Katherine Johnson?
Katherine Johnson is an African American physicist and mathematician who worked on space missions during the early days of NASA.